"I don't believe anyone doubts the American people's values, or the commitment of the American government, or the government's agencies to advancing those values and defending those values", Tillerson said.
In Charlottesville, Virginia, a demonstration of activists from several parts of the far-right american (Ku Klux Klan, neo-nazi, white supremacist) was escalated on the 12th of August when a 32-year old woman was killed by a sympathizer neo-nazi who has intentionally rammed by counter-protesters anti-racist with his vehicle.
WALLACE: And the presidents values?
But his silence was deafening when host Chris Wallace followed up by asking about what values the president stands for.
"We all know hate is not an American value". Trump's initial response to the white supremacist protests was to denounce violence and hatred "on many sides", which eventually gave way to a prepared statement specifically denouncing neo-Nazis.
Tillerson's remarks followed harsh criticism of Trump from National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, who said in an interview Friday that he almost quit over the president's handling of the events in Charlottesville.
Tillerson slammed Sebastian Gorka, Trump's former deputy assistant who left the job on Friday.
The secretary of State was responding to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which recently criticized Trump's response to Charlottesville.
For weeks now, commentators have been noting that "where Trump zigs, Tillerson zags" (paywall), which according to many has put him next in line to be added to the growing list of key Trump hires to have been kicked out of the White House already.
"I have spoken", Tillerson said.
Tillerson on Sunday also said Sebastian Gorka was "completely wrong" in his criticism of Trump's recent Afghanistan speech because it did not include the words "radical Islam" when referring to US efforts to rid the country of terror groups like ISIS.
Animosity between the two countries spiked earlier this month after North Korea warned it might fire missiles toward the USA territory of Guam in response to warlike rhetoric from Donald Trump.
"I've made my own comments in a speech at the department of State", he slipped. "So we condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms".